Cochrane RCMP has laid a public mischief charge after a string of fictitious calls were made to Calgary Police Service.
On April 9, 2021, Cochrane RCMP was notified that the Calgary Police Service had received multiple calls from someone stating that they were in danger and hiding at a residence in Calgary.
After police arrived and investigated the scene, it was determined no one was in danger and the complainant was not at the residence.
The likely complainant was located by Cochrane RCMP in Sunset Ridge in Cochrane and confirmed they were not in danger. The investigation by the RCMP determined that the incident was allegedly a fictitious call.
On April 19, 2021, Cochrane RCMP arrived at the accused’s residence, and after obtaining judicial authorization to enter the home, the RCMP located and arrested the accused, who was hiding inside the residence.
Cpl. Troy Savinkoff of the Cochrane RCMP says they take fictitious calls very seriously. “It's really unfortunate, it takes us away from our duties. Well we're searching for people who we think are in danger, our officers are racing out trying to find these people and it does present a risk to everyone, including our officers and the public.”
“It's really just a horrible situation. it's not funny and it’s incredibly serious.”
The Cochrane RCMP has charged Cherry Lee Dietrich age 38 of Cochrane with one count of Public Mischief contrary to section 140(2) of the Criminal Code.